Backslide in Global Childhood Vaccinations

Worldwide childhood vaccinations continued to decline in 2021, fueled by a multitude of factors from COVID-19 to challenging immunization settings, according to a statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The percentage of children who received 3 doses of the vaccine against diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)—a marker […]

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Preventive Medication for COVID-19 Infection

Tixagevimab-cilgavimab is a combination medication to help prevent COVID-19 infection. Tixagevimab-cilgavimab (Evusheld) consists of 2 long-acting monoclonal antibodies that bind to the spike protein of the virus that causes COVID-19 to prevent it from infecting human cells. When Can Tixagevimab-Cilgavimab Be Given? Tixagevimab-cilgavimab is not a treatment for COVID-19 and […]

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Despite Its Fan Base, Newly Authorized “Traditional” Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Is Having Trouble Gaining a Foothold in the US

To say that Krystal Lashley went to great lengths to get the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine (NVX-CoV2373) would be a gross understatement. In April, Lashley traveled roughly 3700 miles from her home in Metuchen, New Jersey, to a pharmacy in Paris, France, for her first dose. She then flew to the […]

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Resistance to recognizing airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 may be rooted in historical error

In a recent study published in Indoor Air, researchers extensively searched for the origins of the resistance to recognizing airborne transmission during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by major public health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC). Background […]

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Clinical management of COVID-19: Living guideline, 15 September 2022

The WHO COVID-19 Clinical management: living guidance contains the Organization’s most up-to-date recommendations for the clinical management of people with COVID-19. Providing guidance that is comprehensive and holistic for the optimal care of COVID-19 patients throughout their entire illness is important. The latest version of this living guideline is available in pdf format (via the ‘Download’ […]

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What All Physicians Need to Know About the Polio Resurgence in New York State

On July 21 of this year, public health officials announced a case of paralytic polio in a young adult in Rockland County, New York, northwest of New York City—the first reported instance of polio in the US since 2013. Although the case was caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus, the patient was unvaccinated and had not […]

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